Tina Fey and Ellen Page go live from New York


Live from New York, it’s

Saturday Night Awesome! Sorry, I meant “Live!” I just got carried

away when I heard that the first two post-strike SNL hosts will be

Tina Fey
and Ellen Page. The writers’ strike hasn’t even

been over for two full days, and already the good news is falling like

manna from heaven. Tina will host Feb. 23, and Ellen will follow March

1. I’ve already marked my calendar.

Tina’s hosting gig will

be her fist return to SNL since leaving the show in 2006 to create

30 Rock
. While she is intimately familiar with the sketch comedy

show’s inner workings (she joined in 1997 and served as a cast member,

“Weekend Update” anchor and head writer), hosting is another animal altogether.

Who knows: Maybe she’ll take another spin behind the anchor desk for

old times sake. And you just know they’ll get in some inside jokes

about her making a show about a show within the show that she once was

on and is now returning to. Wow, sorry; I just have myself a meta migraine.

Like Tina, Ellen is also a

first-time host. The Juno star has already proven her comedy

chops in the film. I can’t wait to see how the freshly minted Academy

Award nominee navigates the absurdities of live sketch comedy. Her appearance

comes the week after she celebrates her 21st birthday. Oscar

nominee, SNL host and X-Woman — and all by the age of 21? I’m equal

parts in awe and jealous.

Oh, and speaking of being in

awe, have you seen Ellen’s new Interview magazine cover photo?


It’s also nice visual confirmation

of this secret “crime,” which she revealed at Sundance

last year.

So, which host are you most

excited about? Or, like me, do both of them make you want to Snoopy-dance around the room?

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